Yes you read this correctly a spiced capsicum martini! If you are a fan of the bloody mary and a salty margarita then this is the cocktail for you!
The capsicum is muddled with lime, tomatoes and chilli to give you a savoury ‘salad’ juice. A splash of tabasco and some sugar syrup balance everything out into a spicy sweet peppery martini. Oh and some vodka! I had a sample bottle of some smoked vodka…wozza that was amazing! If you can get smoked vodka (Aussies peeps Dan Murphy sell it – no affiliates or anything just where I have found it!) then give it a go in these. But to honest most of the time my good old bottle of stolli works perfectly!
These capsicum martinis are perfect for a cocktail party! A few nibbles and some spicy martinis, come on! That is the makings of a great party! You know I love my sweet martinis! You just have to look at Sprinkles and Sprouts’ cocktail collection to see that I make a lot of drinks that tend towards the sweet side. But I also love myself a good savoury cocktail. Start the evening with a savoury cocktail and something cheesy and I am a happy girl.
(The cheesy can be food related like my Rosemary and Pineapple Mozzarella Bites or music related. Sing it loud – Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don’t you remember, we built this city, we built this city on rock an’ roll – because nothing says cheese like a bit of Starship! Well maybe a bit of Wham! Or Tiffany! Man I love cheesy music!)
So after that crazy paragraph shall I share something else a little crazy??? These are perfect for brunch!!!! Yup get the girls together, get the brunch vibe going and crack on with a capsicum martini. I am loving it!!! Oooh and you know what this would go perfectly with. Eggs!!!! I wouldn’t go with a sweet brunch here I would go along the lines of Egg and smashed avocado or cured salmon, avocado and poached eggs. Or baked eggs!!! I love baked eggs! Must share my recipe for baked eggs with salmon fingers. It is so good and easy to cook for a crowd! But yes, get a brunch party going on!!!!
I also have a cool twists on these for halloween!!!! It involves eye balls?!?!?!!? Not the real kind!!!! Don’t panic!!! Check it out here. So with so many options and twists I will leave you with the recipe for this slightly odd but in no way inferior Spiced Capsicum Martini.
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- freshly ground black pepper
- coarse salt
- 2 limes
- 1 red capsicum
- 2 cherry tomatoes
- 1 cm sized chunk of green jalapeño chilli (more or less depending on your spice tolerance)
- ½ garlic clove
- 80 ml /1/3 cup vodka (I love to use smoked vodka)
- 1 tsp simple sugar syrup (more if you like the real sweet and salt hit. Or omit completely)
- 1 dash tabasco
- additional salt and pepper to taste.
- Grind the pepper into a small dish (one that will fit the rim of your martini glass) and add in an equal amount of salt.
- Cut one of the limes into quarters and run the lime around the rim of 2 martini glasses.
- Dip the edges in the salt and pepper mix and set aside.
- Chop the capsicum into small chunks and add it to a cocktail shaker with the cherry tomatoes, chilli pepper, juice of the remaining lime.
- Muddle it with a muddler (or the end of a rolling pin) until the capsicums are soft and mushed.
- Add in the half garlic clove.
- Pour in the the vodka, sugar syrup, tabasco and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Add plenty of ice and shake well. By well I mean shake like a crazy drunk version of Tom Cruise in cocktail. You want to shake this for at least a minute to really break down the ice and get every last bit of flavour out of the veg.
- Strain the martini into your prepared glasses.
- Then put on some Starship and get your cheese going (See above 😉 )
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